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  • Create and Download a Shipper’s Letters of Instruction Document

    Last updated on September 4, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    A Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) is an essential legal document/contract created between the shipper and the freight forwarder (or 3rd party) that is organizing the export of a shipment. It is a detailed document used in International trade that provides logistics instructions relating the the export of a shipment.

  • Create and Download a Quotation Document for Export Shipments

    Last updated on September 3, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    When Importers source new products and connect with Exporters, the exporter will offer their product details and pricing information. The Exporter must ensure that all information is clearly stated in a correctly formatted Quotation document. This will ensure that there are no disputes relating to product quality, specifications, pricing and delivery terms.

  • Create and Download a Packing Declaration Document ISPM15

    Last updated on September 2, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    An export packing declaration is an important document that states the type of packaging materials that are used to pack goods inside shipping containers for export.

  • Order Confirmation Document for Import Export Shipments

    Last updated on September 1, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    When Buyers and Sellers in International trade place new orders, the seller (exporter) can send an Order Confirmation document to the buyer (importer) to reconfirm all of the details of the new order.  An order confirmation document is usually sent to the buyer after the buyer has issued a Purchase Order document to confirm the new…

  • The History of the Shipping Container created in 1956

    Last updated on August 31, 2018 by Ben Thompson
    Inventor of shipping container Malcom McLean

    Most people don’t understand or recognize the significance of the humble shipping container.  Before shipping containers, all goods were manually loaded into sacks, barrels and wooden creates loaded directly onto cargo vessels

  • How to get a Certificate of Origin from a Chamber of Commerce

    Last updated on August 30, 2018 by Ben Thompson
    A Certificate of Origin document being signed and stamped by Chamber of Commerce

    First of all, a certificate of origin document is an important document used in global trade to confirm the country of origin of where the goods have actually been manufactured or processed. So, the document will be used when the country of export and the country of import have a current Free Trade Agreement in…

  • Podcast – How Blockchain will change Global Trade and Logistics

    Last updated on August 4, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize Global Trade and the import export process. Warwick from BeefLedger explains what blockchain technology is, how it works and how blockchain solutions are being applied to real world import export shipments

  • Podcast – Sourcing goods from Alibaba with Heather from Sourcing Playground

    Last updated on August 3, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    Heather from Sourcing Playground explains how buyers should correctly source imported goods from online marketplaces such as Alibaba, Made-In-China, Global Sources others.  Heather gives key tips on how to correctly give suppliers detailed product information, how to compare supplier's quotations and product specifications, overcome language and cultural barriers, understand if you are dealing with a…

  • Podcast – Marine Insurance with Steve from Coverfreight

    Last updated on August 2, 2018 by Ben Thompson
    Shipping vessel with containers falling off covered by marine insurance

    Steve from Coverfreight gives our listeners and understanding of how marine insurance works. We discuss why it's important for shippers to insure their cargo and who should cover insurance based on the IncoTerms agreed. Steve gives insight into some of the common problems and claims made when shipping goods Internationally. We give tips on how…

  • Podcast – International Shipping with Conor from Explorate

    Last updated on August 1, 2018 by Ben Thompson

    Conor from Explorate gives an overview of how the shipping process currently works and we discuss how the industry is beginning to change through software. We give shippers tips on how to improve their supply chain and logistics withing their business using readily available software.

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